Catching a cold is part of everyday life and it happens to most of us at least once a year.
But the chances of getting really sick because of a flu or a cold can be minimized by maintaining a very nutritious diet and by exercising regularly.
The following list will help you to ease the symptoms of nasty colds and flus and speed up your recovery. Combat the flu the natural way!
1. Drink Lots of Water
Hydrating every day is very important, not only when you feel sick. Sufficient body hydration allows toxins to move through your system so you can get rid of them more quickly.
As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water or decaffeinated tea per day.
2. Avoid Processed Sweets
White sugar, or refined sugar, weakens the immune system by decreasing the amount of white blood cells in your body. This process will make your body more vulnerable to getting a virus like a cold or flu.
3. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is very high in antioxidants and can stimulate production of immune cells. Normal green tea does contain caffeine, so to avoid too much caffeine intake, try combining green tea with organic lemon tea or any herbal tea.
Or add some green tea in your green smoothies for an even stronger health and energy boost.
4. Add Garlic to Your Meals
Garlic has strong antibiotic and anti-viral properties and strengthens your immune system by increasing the level of white blood cells. Be mindful that eating raw or cooked garlic is better than supplements.
5. Eat Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit is loaded with vitamin C. Vitamins are important to strengthen your immune system and Vitamin C in particular will help fight flus and colds. Lemons are also very high in vitamin C and help to soothe sore throats.
6. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
People are most vulnerable to flus and colds during Winter months. And this is exactly the time of year when many of us become vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D is known to be preventing flu so go for a beautiful walk and soak up some winter sun – without sunscreen – to get your necessary dose of vitamin D. If the sun is hiding too much, take a daily vitamin D supplement.
Looking after yourself by exercising regularly and following the above tips will boost your immune system when you most need it!